Human Resources and Payroll

Reward and Recognition



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George Mason University values a culture of recognition to appreciate, motivate and retain its faculty and staff. The Human Resources and Payroll Reward and Recognition program creates and implements recognition opportunities that are fun, meaningful and linked to the values and mission of Mason.

Purpose of Recognition

The George Mason University Rewards and Recognition program’s purpose is to recognize individuals and teams for contributions to their department, school or the University as a whole. Mason faculty and staff are encouraged to use the recognition tools and resources available to them to foster an environment of shared success and commitment. The program provides various opportunities to acknowledge other’s contributions from gift cards and non-monetary awards to events that celebrate the achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff.

Types of Awards

Recognition is most effective when it takes place on a regular basis in a variety of different ways. Mason’s Reward and Recognition program provides a continuum of opportunities for recognizing colleagues across the University.

Formal Recognition - this type of recognition occurs on a regular basis and is delivered by HR & Payroll, The Commonwealth of Virginia or in schools or departments.

HR & Payroll Awards

  • Employee of the Month
  • Faculty Staff Book Scholarship
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards
  • University Day Service Awards

Departmental Awards

Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Awards for Public Service

Informal Recognition - this type of recognition includes on-the-spot and day-to-day recognition and is typically administered by HR & Payroll but delivered by departments and schools.

eCards - electronic greeting cards that anyone can send to congratulate, encourage or send some cheer.

Monetary Awards

  • Gift Cards - for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Impact Awards

Non-Monetary Awards – awards that are material goods, such as non-refundable gift certificates, plaques, trophies, desk items, clothing, tools, electronics or sports equipment.

  • Mason Flare – fun, informal awards for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Student Employee Recognition – for request to recognize Mason’s student employees
  • Presidential Citation

Recognition Leave

Our entire office is working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are unable to fulfill requests right now. You are welcome to submit a request and it will be fulfilled after we are back in the office. If you’d like to provide more timely recognition, please consider sending a free eCard or email.

Mason Flair

Are you looking for a fun, informal way to show your appreciation to another Mason Employee? Look no further than Mason Flair. These fun items can be requested for anyone who works at Mason, including student workers.

To request Mason Flair please login to myMasonHR, choose the 'Mason Flair' menu item, select the flair you're interested in, and complete the online form.

You will receive an email when your Mason Flair is ready for pick up. Each Mason Flair comes with a greeting card for you to sign and share with the recipient.

If you have any questions, please contact the Reward and Recognition coordinator at 703.993.2739 or

Submit a request for the

Tote-ally Terrific Award -  These cotton canvas tote bags have a wide front pocket and large main compartment with the Mason logo on one side.  Each tote is natural colored and has a long, green handle and green sides.  

Submit a request for the Got it Covered Award

Got it Covered Award -  These green fleece stadium blankets are great for picnics, sporting events or to have on hand in a chilly office (brrrrrr!!). Each blanket measures 60" x 50" and has whip stitching with the Mason logo in the corner.

Submit a request for the High Five Award

High Five Award -  Give your colleague a high five with a highlighter set.  Each set comes with 5 colors - green, pink, orange, yellow and blue.

Submit a request for the Just in

Just in 'Case' You Didn't Get the Message, Your Hard Work is Appreciated Award -  This card and media case can hold business cards, a tablet or cell phone. With an overall size of 3 and 1/2" x 2 and 7/8" this handy desk accessory has a front metal plate monogrammed with "George Mason University". 

Submit a request for the Thanks for All You Do! Award

Thanks for All You Do Award -  Spread a little happiness with the Thanks for All You Do! Dude.  This little blue guy has fuzzy hair and he changes from dark to light blue with the heat of your hand.  He's giving a thumbs up and his back says "Thanks for All You Do."

Submit a request for the You Have Awesome Mason Pride Award

You Have Awesome Mason Pride Award -  It's a Mason car or refrigerator magnet in the shape of our very own mascot, The Patriot.  This sturdy magnet is perfect for any Mason employee who is proud to work here.  Magnet measures 7x4"

Submit a request for the You've Got the Mason Spirit Wrapped Up Award

You've Got the Mason Spirit Wrapped Up Award -  Award your colleague with Mason gear they probably don't already own - a green fleece Mason scarf!  

Submit a request for the Your Work is Outstanding Award

Your Work is Outstanding Award -  These SmartPhone Ring Stands adhere to the back of a SmartPhone for a safe grip when carrying your phone or taking photos (selfie anyone?).  Push the ring out and prop up on a table or other surface for ease of binge watching.  The safe grip sticks to a smartphone but can be removed later.  Each SmartPhone Ring Stand comes in metallic gold with the white Mason logo.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Recognition

We encourage Mason employees to print and use the meaningful and instant appreciation cards and labels on this page to recognize others. You can also check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration, ideas and free recognition!

Recognition Mini-Notes

Make someone’s day with an encouraging message! Colorful and fun, these small note cards feature messages like, "Fabulous!" and "Consider this a Citation for Excellence” on the front and are blank on the back to give you room to write a note of praise to a colleague. Each pack includes 2 designs of 12 cards for a total of 24 cards with envelopes.

Please email with your request indicating how many packs you would like and to which mail stop your request should be sent.



Praise Pads

These note pads are a creative way to thank your colleagues and give them a pat on the back for their hard work and dedication. Each pad has 50 sheets of the same design.

Please email with your request indicating how many packs you would like and to which mail stop your request should be sent.

Be Kind - Bingo

Play a game of Be Kind - Bingo to show others how much you appreciate them!

Thank you and congratulations cards

Can be printed on 8.5x11 (letter) or on 5x8 index cards in color or black and white. Be sure to choose the appropriate size (after you choose print, click on properties, then click on the paper quality tab and scroll through the menu to pick the correct size).

Instant Employee Appreciation

Just print, cut and share!

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These stickers could be used alone...

But were designed to put on the bottom of Hershey Kisses or Rolos for some really “sweet” recognition. Avery ¾” round labels are recommended.

May You Be Grateful

May 4 – 8, 2020

May You Be Grateful is being celebrated during the first week of May to encourage expressing gratitude and promoting positivity at Mason.

May You Be Grateful Messages

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This email portal is open to all Mason faculty and staff during our “May Your Be Grateful” promotion, May 4 – 8, 2020. We encourage you to send notes of appreciation to your colleagues this week.

See myMasonHR


May You Be Grateful Calendar

Use this calendar to guide you through your week of gratitude.

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May You Be Grateful Postcards

These postcards can be downloaded and printed for mailing, or sent via email for a fun, happy message.


May You Be Grateful Journal

Print this journal and write down specific things that you are grateful for each day.